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February 2019

Austins Department Store (S Devon Branch)

Thu. 21 February 2019 at 2:15 pm
Council Chamber, Newton Abbot Town Hall, 9 Devon Square
Newton Abbot, TQ12 2HN

A talk by David Austin about his family's Department store that has been a feature of Newton Abbot since 1924.

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March 2019

AGM 2019 (Music Section)

Fri. 1 March 2019 at 4:45 pm
St Anne’s Chapel, Paternoster Row
Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1SX

The AGM takes place before the Romany family's culture event arranged by the Section at the same venue at 8 pm.

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A Romany family’s culture (Music Section)

Fri. 1 March 2019 at 8:00 pm
St Anne’s Chapel, Paternoster Row
Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1SX
£8

A Romany family’s culture - with Tom Orchard and family Kil and Gillie Radi Tom Orchard talks about the living traditions that have passed through generations of the family; of song, music, dance and…

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The Lower Otter Restoration Project (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 8 March 2019 at 2:30 pm
Manor Pavilion Theatre, Sidmouth, Manor Road
Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8RP

A talk 'The Lower Otter Restoration Project – the Challenges and Opportunities of adapting to Climate Change' by Sam Bridgewater.

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Spring Meeting 2019 (Buildings Section)

Sat. 9 March 2019 at 2:00 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU
£5

Featuring talks on the theme of historic social housing to reflect DA's presidency of Dame Suzi Leather: Andrew Thompson on The Bedford Estate and Working-Class Housing in 19th Century Tavistock Ann Bond on Working-Class…

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Stumbling through Wartime Childhood (Exeter Branch)

Wed. 13 March 2019 at 2:30 pm
The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£3 – £3.50

Devon author Philip Algar’s talk will be based on his book – Stumbling Through Wartime Childhood – which is part autobiography and part fiction. It deals with the story of a small boy growing…

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Maritime Plymouth – Shaping the world we know (Plymouth Branch)

Wed. 13 March 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry's Cross
Plymouth, Devon PL1 2SW

A talk by Paul Wright. Whilst Plymouth is known as a home of the Royal Navy, its maritime commercial activities tend to be overlooked. In this presentation Paul will provide a historical narrative about…

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Thomas Fowler and his Thermosiphon (Bideford Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2019 at 2:00 pm
The Cinema Room, Custom House, 1 Bridgeland St.
Bideford, EX39 2PS

Born 1777 in Great Torrington, Thomas Fowler was an inventor whose most notable invention was the thermosiphon. This forms the basis of early hot water and central heating systems and a surprising range of…

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“Mad, bad and fascinating to know” (Tavistock Branch)

Fri. 15 March 2019 at 7:30 pm
Tavistock Parish Centre, 5a Plymouth Road
Tavistock, PL19 8AU

An illustrated talk by Dr Geri Parlby on the colourful ancestors of the Dukes of Bedford. Wine merchants, poisoners, mine owners and creators of afternoon tea - the colourful history of one of England’s…

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Digging Dartmoor Dirt (Geology Section)

Sat. 16 March 2019 at 10:30 am
Teign Heritage Centre, Teignmouth, 29 French Street
Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8ST United Kingdom

The Brendan Moore Lecture "A wellied sleuth digs the dirt on Dartmoor". A talk  by Dr Tim Harrod (Soil Survey, retired).

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Fly Migration (Entomology Section)

Sat. 16 March 2019 at 2:30 pm
The Kenn Centre, SX 914 866
Kennford, Devon

The latest studies into this little known subject will be explained in this illustrated talk by Will Hawkes who has been carrying out cutting-edge research.

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The Icelandic Adventures of Pike Ward (History Section)

Mon. 18 March 2019 at 2:30 pm
The Mint Methodist Church, Fore Street
Exeter, Devon EX4 3AT
£2 – £3

A talk by Katherine Findlay. Pike Ward was a Teignmouth fish merchant who at the turn of the last century instigated such trade with Iceland that he became a hugely important figure in that country's…

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